I am not quick enough with the camera to capture all the precious and funny moments as they happen. Plus, the Little One and the Little Mister have a habit of immediately stopping whatever they were doing as soon as they seen anything resembling a camera aimed in their direction. I know that there is a lesson in needing to be fully present and appreciate the moment without feeling anxious about trying to capture it, but I would really love some cute/sweet pictures!
As her personality continues to develop, we have noticed that the Little One can be pretty mean and rude. We are constantly working with her to use her words and listen. It is exhausting. One of the hardest things to manage is how she can be horrible and within two minutes will say something super sweet. In those hard moments, I want to try to remember the funny kind things she has done to help me stay calm.
Here are some highlights from the past few weeks:
Little One is obsessed with getting her hair done. Her favorite hairstyle is putting her hair up in two buns. The other day she said, "I have two cute buns!"
This morning, we were having a battle of wills over her needing to sit still so I could do her hair; I left her alone until she was ready to listen. When I came back into her room, she said, "Thank you for being nice to me."
The Little Mister is starting to use a bouncy chair more. The Little One likes to sit in front of him and chat with him. This morning, she was reciting the entire plot to the book, "Llama Llama time to share."
The Little One has been helping us give baths to the Little Mister. She is noticing differences in their bodies. She pointed to his penis and asked what it was; we told her it was a penis. She asked if she had one and we said no. Then, she was deep in thought. She started asking if various people had a penis. After we had gone through a lot of people, she said:
"Mommy, I do not have a penis."
I said, "That is right"
She shrugged and said, "I don't need one."
The Little One also really wants to have a birthday party; she invites people to the party regularly. One of her favorite activities is to plan the menu. At our last party planning session, she said that she wanted to have chocolate cake, cupcakes, ice cream, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bagels, masaman curry, and some green curry for Daddy.